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Shop Local on Small Business Saturday

Here's how to shop small and support your community.

Big name national retailers take the spotlight on Black Friday as their deep price cuts pull in shoppers in droves.

What about the mom-and-pop businesses in town and nearby that are the backbone of America’s economy? Just when do they get their day?

That’s basically the question that was asked back in 2010 when the concept of Small Business Saturday was born.

Small Business Saturday is “a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities,” the U.S. Small Business Administration explains on its website.

American Express gets the credit for founding the shopping holiday, which got its official start on Nov. 27, 2010, according to the Small Business Saturday Facebook page. Celebrating its third year on Nov. 24, the event drew over 100 million people last year, according to the Small Business Saturday website.

Locally owned business across the country now take part in Small Business Saturday, offering their own deals to rival those offered on Black Friday.

To find retailers in town that take part in the promotion, just visit the Small Business Saturday website, click on “Find Out Where To Shop” in the menu at the top of the screen and type in your ZIP code.

What are your favorite small businesses? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

Marilyn Barker November 24, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Cordelia Holiday Express all local small business shopping event today from 10 to 4 at 251 PITTMAN Rd Fairfield ca. (Next to Straw Hat)
Bob Polacchi November 24, 2012 at 04:07 PM
There are many reasons and opportunities to support our local businesses. As a former Director with the Hercules Chamber of Commerce and a current member of the Hercules Community Library Foundation Board of Directors, I would encourage all residents of the Hercules area to support the businesses that contributed to the recent 6th Annual Gala Dinner for the Library. All net proceeds of the event, which totaled around $20,000, will be applied to keeping the Hercules Library open for 40 hours a week. These businesses, many of which qualify as small businesses, were extremely helpful in making the event a success. The contributions ranged from a sponsorship, purchasing an advertisement in the Program, donating silent auction prizes, or donating raffle prizes. They businesses are listed on the Hercules Community Library Foundation website, and are listed on a "Thank You Board" in the Library. As you visit the Library, please take a minute to review this list.
nobodyuno November 25, 2012 at 06:24 PM
In Banning we have dollar stores (junk), Pharmacies and Mercados. This us what we have to choose from if we buy locally. I do go to the pharmacy once a month and once in a while the dollar store and refuse to buy anything from a grocery store that only sell products from Mexico. Oh I forgot about Big Lots..
nobodyuno November 25, 2012 at 06:25 PM
And that grocery store stinks to high heaven.
Mariana Zuelsdorf November 25, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Big Lots is my favorite store and the only place I shop in Banning. My brother had a stroke and needed a lot of inexpensive sleep pants for the hospital. Big Lots came through with very reasonable prices on sale. Big Lots lets me shop wisely.

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